HYDE tied up the Oulton Park innings at the expense of seven Premiership bonus points at Little Bud-worth on Saturday.
They opted to bat on for 60 overs - Cheshire duo of Paul Makin (102) and James Duffy (104) starring.
Left with only 50 overs but on a superb batting track Chris Bassano (27) and Danny Leech (48) began the pursuit, but it was a magnificent 117 (including eight sixes and eight fours) from Ben Spendlove that kept Oulton in the hunt.
With the light fading Oulton conceded the draw with the last pair at the wicket and two overs in hand.
Mark Johnson (112) and Jimmy Guest (67) made a second wicket stand of 181 as Oulton 2nds soared to 271-8.A discouraged Cheadle batted out to 141-8 (Craig Williamson 4-60, Ben Kettle 2-25).
Winnington Park 256-5 Macclesfield 260-6
WITH points important to both strugglers it was Winnington who ended the losers on the Rec's superb batting track.
Jeremy Casey, promoted back to the first team, stroked his way to 83 and Jim Pilling also found his form for 65, with Vish Bhardwa 33 not out.
But nothing went to plan for Park. Macc's own big hitters relished the conditions and they won with an over remaining, leaving Winnington second bottom in Division One.
Captain Stuart Hayes was the pick of the home bowlers with 3-72.
Middlewich 142-6 Malpas 204-6dec
MIDDLEWICH were disappointed with a losing draw when form suggested a home victory would enhance their Second Division promotion prospects.
But only Phil Parry (37) looked up to the run chase and, against tight bowling, they opted for something rather than nothing.
The reverse 2nd XI meeting at Malpas was a much more exciting affair, with Middlewich first being bowled out for 176 (Martin Dawson 52, Chris Ainley 40).
Malpas were bowled out for 156 with the match turning on a leg side stumping by wicketkeeper Vinnie Stott. Richard Goulding and Alex Gill each took three wickets.